Boko Haram Suicide Bombers Target Church in Madagali, Adamawa State

03/11/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Boko Haram Suicide bombers tried to enter a Catholic Church service on Sunday, March 10 in Madagali, Adamawa State. The two bombers, who were women, tried to enter the church through a clinic before being stopped, and then detonating the bombs a short distance outside the church. Despite the two bombs going off, only one person other than the bombers was reportedly injured.

Thankfully, according to local sources, some of the local youth were on patrol around the church when the attackers arrived. They were able to stop them from entering the Church. This was the reason that none of the suspected targets were injured or killed.

It is very likely that the two bombers were captives of Boko Haram who were forced to commit this attack. Boko Haram is known for kidnapping women and children and forcing them to act as suicide bombers for their attacks. In 2017, between January and August, UNICEF reported on at least 83 children having been used by the group as suicide bombers. This tactic is one of the reasons that Boko Haram is considered in the top three deadliest terrorist groups in the world. As Boko Haram continues to regain strength and support, Christians are likely to become a main target again, as they were in the early years of the group.

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